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December 10, 2003The internet fuels child sex tourism but can also combat it, according to international children's organisation Terre des Homme.
"A pornographer can go to Thailand and film pornographic actions, go to a cyber cafe and send the digital images to his own e-mail address," said activist Christa Dammerman. "Then when he goes through customs he has no pornographic pictures on him. Travellers are doing this more and more with mobiles and laptops."
Websites such as Please Disturb can help. It has picked up 103,000 visitors in the two weeks when it launched in 1999 and now receives 300-400 per day.
The speakers offered no tangible evidence, however, on just how effective it has proved in tackling the flourishing worldwide industry.